Woeful Leicester humbled by Palace

Leicester City 0:3 Crystal Palace

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City suffered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace at the KPS on Saturday, on an afternoon when they simply never got started…

Claude Puel made three changes to his side, with Gray, Iborra and Albrighton restored to the starting XI, and Okazaki back on the bench despite his two goals at Southampton.
After another fine Tifo display in the Kop the game kicked off, though City looked out of sorts right from the start. Passes were going astray and Palace looked up for the  challenge.
In the 2nd minute Schmeichel went down after a mid-air collision with Benteke on the edge of the area, but he soon recovered.

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Zaha had one dangerous run down the right snuffed out, before Schlupp fizzed a low cross/shot across the goalmouth. Benteke couldn’t get a near post touch and the ball went narrowly wide of the right hand post.
City’s first chance saw Maguire head wide from an Albrighton corner, but the white shirts were soon pressing forward again and Loftus-Cheek forced Schmeichel into a good save with a shot from inside the area.
With City still struggling to get their game together, Palace took the lead in the 19th minute, with their first Premier League away goal since April.
Townsend’s strong run and cross from the right found Benteke unmarked between Morgan and Simpson, and he headed home from close range to end a 13 game barren spell.

Leicester City v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Two minutes later Benteke almost found the net with another header, defending an Albrighton free-kick, but it flew inches wide of Speroni’s goal.
Palace continued to look dangerous, with Townsend and Zaha breaking swiftly every time City lost possession, which was often.
A Townsend cross looked destined for Benteke’s head before Schmeichel rose to pluck it from the air.
In the 34th minute Gray fired a low cross in, but it was slightly behind Vardy and his attempted back heel rolled straight to Speroni.
Palace doubled their lead five minutes before the break. Mahrez lost the ball in midfield and Benteke lead the counter-attack, passing to Zaha who sidestepped Chilwell before lashing the ball past Schmeichel.

Neither side made a change for the second half and City still struggled to get out of second gear.
A rare chance came in the 50th minute when Mahrez went on a run down the middle and tested Speroni with decent shot, but the Palace keeper tipped it round the post.
A couple of minutes later Ndidi picked up a harsh yellow card for a foul on Loftus-Cheek.
City finally got the ball in the net on the hour, only to see referee Martin Atkinson award Palace a free-kick after Iborra had pushed Tomkins in the back before nodding the ball home.
A couple of minutes later the frustration of the crowd increased further when Ndidi was presented with a red card for his 21st birthday. Although there was contact from behind as Ndidi entered the area, his theatrical dive was enough to earn him a second yellow.
At the other end Albrighton took Benteke out without touching the ball, for an obvious spot-kick, but Atkinson waved played on.
Claude Puel made his first changes in the 77th minute, bringing Okazaki and King on for Albrighton and Iborra.
Although Okazaki put himself about, it all seemed too late, and the next chance came for Palace when Schmeichel spread himself well to block a Benteke header from close in.
A shot from Townsend flew over the bar before Benteke had an effort deflected for a corner by Morgan.

Leicester City v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Palace were enjoying nearly all the possession at this stage, and added a third goal in the fourth minute of time-added-on, substitute Sako curling a fine shot into the top corner to cap a fine win for Roy Hodgson’s side.

City’s winning run had ended and Claude Puel commented: “I think our play was too slow against a good team with a strong defensive unit. We needed to have more quickness, more quality in the play and it was not possible today. I don’t know if it is the tiredness or something but we tried to come back in the second half but I think the red card prevented us from trying other things and to get back in the game.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, Iborra (Okazaki 77), Mahrez, Gray, Albrighton (King 77), Vardy (Ulloa 85).
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Hamer, Dragovic, Fuchs.
Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Tomkins, Dann, Schlupp, Townsend, Cabaye (Riedewald 85), McArthur, Loftus-Cheek, Benteke (Sako 88), Zaha.
Substitutes: van Aanholt, Hennessey, Lee Chung-yong, Souaré, Wan-Bissaka.
Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 31,081.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Happy return for Puel as Leicester sink Saints

Southampton 1:4 Leicester City

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A fine performance in wintry conditions ensured a 4-1 win for City at St Marys on Wednesday evening…

Claude Puel made three changes to his side on his return to Southampton, with Okazaki, King and Fuchs in for Gray, Iborra and Albrighton.
If it seemed to be a risky strategy to change a winning side, any concerns were dispelled in the 10th minute when City took the lead.
In similar fashion to his goal at Newcastle, Mahrez ran across the field before clipping a precise 20 yarder beyond the reach of Forster and just inside the right hand post.
After an even start City were well on top once they had taken the lead, making light of the horrible conditions. In the 20th minute Vardy and Okazaki linked well, the latter producing a long range shot that had to be tipped round the post by Forster at full stretch.
With Okazaki and Vardy again combining, Chilwell was set up for a shot that was blocked as far as Okazaki, whose shot was cleared off the line by Lemina.
The Saints first chance came on the half-hour when Austin hit a well struck shot from the edge of the area, but it was too close to Schmeichel, who parried it over the bar.
From the resulting corner City broke upfield, Mahrez crossed from the left and Vardy tested Forster with a near post effort, but the rebound was cleared by Yoshida as Okazaki closed in on the loose ball.
In the 32nd minute the scoreline better reflected the game as City doubled their lead. A Mahrez corner from the right went long to Fuchs, lurking on the edge of the area. His fierce shot pinballed off defender and goalkeeper, falling for Okazaki to stab home from five yards.
Six minutes later City went further ahead. A Mahrez free kick into the area was chested down by Maguire, who turned neatly before sending a low shot across the goalmouth.
No one got a touch to it and King was left with a simple tap-in at the far post, as loud boos began to ring around St Marys.

City continued to press forward in the second half and, after a foul on Okazaki, Mahrez lined up a 25 yard free-kick that Forster did well to tip away from the bottom right hand corner.
But then, on the hour, Southampton enjoyed their best spell of the game. A Bertrand free-kick was tipped over by Schmeichel, but from the resulting corner Yoshida directed a header across goal, the ball evading a melee of blue and red shirts in the goalmouth before finding the net.
The home fans finally had something to cheer and Saints went close to pulling another goal back when they hit City on the break and Schmeichel pulled off a fine block to deny Austin from point blank range.
But any hint of a Southampton revival was snuffed out when City got a fourth in the 69th minute. A wayward crossfield pass from Cedric picked out Mahrez, who fed Vardy down the right. He delivered a superb cross round his marker and the irrepressible Okazaki met it with a fine near post finish.
The result was now beyond doubt, and as Southampton fans flooded through the exits, Puel withrdew Vardy and Mahrez from the fray, bringing on Albrighton and Gray.
The game petered out with the remaining Saints fans wondering how Puel’s Leicester had scored more goals in this game than Puel’s Southampton did in their last seven home games.

Puel wasn’t crowing about his triumphant return to the club that sacked him: “My team is the most important thing. I am proud of my players because we gave a fantastic game. If we have the ability to maintain the good results with changes it will be good for the future. It is still the first part of the season and the Premier League is difficult every week. All is not perfect, we still need to correct things and make progress.”

Southampton: Forster, Soares, van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu (Gabbiadini 45), Lemina, Tadic (Ward-Prowse 83), Davis, Boufal (Redmond 62), Austin. 
Substitutes: Stephens, Long, McCarthy, Højbjerg.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs, Ndidi, King, Mahrez (Albrighton 72), Okazaki, Chilwell (Ulloa 83), Vardy (Gray 72).
Substitutes: Hamer, Dragovic, Amartey, Iborra.
Referee: C Kavanagh. Attendance: 27,714.

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Late own goal seals win for Leicester at Newcastle

Newcastle United 2:3 Leicester City

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An 86th minute own goal from Pérez settled a scrappy but entertaining game 3-2 in City’s favour at St James Park on Saturday evening.

Claude Puel sent an unchanged side out, but Newcastle’s 125th Anniversary game soon saw them a goal up.
City had a disjointed start to the game and were caught cold in the 4th minute. Murphy sent Gayle down the left, and he had plenty of room to cut the ball back for Joselu, whose late run into the area set him up for an easy side-foot home from ten yards.
Two minutes later, with City still looking unsettled, Gayle fired a 20 yard shot narrowly side.
City then got their act together and began to press forward. In the 9th minute Gray latched onto a Mahrez back pass and forced Darlow into a near post block.
A minute later Chilwell had a cross blocked by the raised arm of Ritchie but there were few appeals for what looked like a clear penalty.
As City continued to take the game to the home side, Ndidi dragged a shot well wide and Gray went much closer with a curling 25 yarder.
City levelled matters in the 20th minute. Mahrez went on a crossfield run before launching a 25 yarder across Darlow. Although the United keeper got a hand to it he couldn’t prevent it from finding the net.
City were bossing the game now and Albrighton forced Darlow into a fine save from a 25 yarder. Gray then curled in a cross from the left but Simpson couldn’t produce a finish at full-stretch and sent it wide.
In the 28th minute Vardy’s run down the middle looked to have taken him clear of the Magpie’s defence, but Yedlin managed to stick out a leg and deny him with a last-ditch tackle.
Newcastle got back into the game towards the break and a careless pass across defence from Chilwell set up Murphy, whose shot was turned away by Schmeichel.
The City keeper also had to save a Ritchie free-kick before the sides went in even at the break.

City also had a faltering start to the second period with little action apart from Ndidi flooring both Merino and Hayden within a couple of seconds.
But the game burst into life on the hour, with City taking the lead thanks to a lovely move and a slice of fortune. Mahrez found Albrighton on the left with a forty yard pass and he played a delicate cushioned volley inside for Gray, who fired in a shot that took a deflection off Lejeune’s backside that left Darlow stranded.
City were back on top now and Darlow did well to parry a low Mahrez cross away from danger.
But it was Newcastle who were next on the scoresheet in the 73rd minute.
City failed to clear a corner out of the area, not helped by Maguire and Simpson clashing heads, and the ball fell for Gayle who made room for himself before finding the net via a deflection off Maguire.
Claude Puel made his first change after the equaliser, bring Okazaki on for Gray. The Japan international was soon in need of attention, having launched himself head first into a challenge, receiving a kick in the face that gave him a cut above the left eye.
Okazaki was also involved in the 86th minute winner. With the game end-to-end, City broke upfield, Vardy shrugged off a challenge on the left and delivered a cross to an unmarked Okazaki in front of goal. The heavily bandaged striker looked set to score the winner when Pérez poked the ball away from him from behind, but unfortunately for Newcastle, he also sent it past Darlow and into the net.
City killed the game off , with substitutions – Ulloa and Fuchs on for Vardy and Mahrez – and taking the game into the corner, and saw out the win that saw them move up to 8th  place.
It was a great result from a patchy performance, as Claude Puel admitted: 
“It was a fantastic character from my team. It was a difficult atmosphere, we knew this. Also, they were leading but to win in the end is a fantastic feeling. It was a difficult game against a good team. It showed the fantastic spirit of the team, and so did the third goal. It is not our best game but this positive attitude was fantastic.”

Newcastle: Darlow, Yedlin, Lejeune, Clark, Manquillo, Ritchie (Atsu 64), Hayden, Merino, Murphy, (Pérez 71), Joselu, (Mitrovic 88), Gayle.
Substitutes: Elliot, Lascelles, Shelvey, Diamé.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez (Fuchs 89), Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton, Gray (Okazaki 73), Vardy (Ulloa 90).
Substitutes: Iheanacho, King, Hamer, Dragovic.
Referee: N Swarbrick Attendance: 52,117.

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Leicester edge out Burnley with early Gray goal

Leicester City 1:0 Burnley

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A brave goal from Gray proved to be the difference as a hard fought contest saw City beat Burnley 1-0 at the KPS on Saturday…

Claude Puel made one change to his side with Okazaki making way for Gray, and this paid off after just six minutes.
The newly-blond Mahrez swung in a dangerous cross from the right, Pope dived to get a hand to it, but Gray was running in at the far post to slide it home.
Gray collided heavily with the woodwork, but was okay to continue after a spell of treatment.

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Burnley soon had a chance of their own after the restart, but former City’s striker Wood’s first touch was too heavy and Schmeichel raced out to block, with Simpson on hand to clear the loose ball.
Burnley were on top at this stage: Tarkowski headed wide from a corner and Gudmundsson forced a save from Schmeichel as Sean Dyche’s side looked to continue their excellent start to the season.
After a series of Burnley corners, the Clarets then suffered a set-back in the 27th minute.
The impressive Brady evaded a couple of challenges on the edge of the penalty area before Maguire halted his progress as he was about to shoot. It looked as though Brady had gone over the top as both players writhed in pain, and referee Paul Tierney took the yellow card out, but re-pocketed it when the serious extent of Brady’s injury became apparent. The Ireland international was stretchered off and taken to hospital, but Maguire recovered.
After this incident, the tide turned and City were on top up to the break. Mahrez capped a good run with fierce 20 yard shot, but it was too close to Pope to cause him much trouble.
Chances were rare, however, and City took a slim 1-0 lead in with them at the break.

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The second half saw an improved performance from City.
Chilwell connected well with a 30 yarder that flew just wide, while Pope had to stretch to tip away a Mahrez free-kick.
Morgan then had a gilt-edged chance to score, but showing the predatory instincts of a centre-half he failed to connect properly with a low cross from close range and Pope blocked, the loose ball being cleared off the goal-line.
Burnley still looked dangerous on the break and, on the hour, Gudmundsson looked to be clear in on goal, but Morgan managed to keep pace with him, hampering him enough for Schmeichel to save his shot.
At the other end, Albrighton motored down the left, before cutting in and firing a shot into the side-netting.
Two minutes later City came even closer, as Ndidi pulled a ball back for Gray to fire across goal, but it hit the far post.
Vardy tested Pope with a back heel from a Chilwell cross, but City couldn’t add to their tally for all their dominance in the second half.
Okazaki replaced Gray as the clock ran down and gave City some added energy, though Burnley threatened in time added on when a dangerous Gudmundsson cross was deflected straight in Schmeichel’s arms.

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Mahrez had one more shot saved by Pope, before the final whistle heralded another victory for Claude Puel’s side.

The City boss commented: “It has been a good week, but what was most important was that we continued our hard work. It was a difficult game against this team who were sixth in the table. I am very happy with our second half, for example. We had a lot of chances, but perhaps we needed to be more clinical. Now it is important to continue this work. There is a long way to go, but we need to continue to improve.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Ndidi,
Iborra, Albrighton, Gray (Okazaki 88), Vardy.
Substitutes: Iheanacho, King, Hamer, Dragovic, Ulloa, Fuchs.
Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Berg Gudmundsson, Defour (Barnes 66), Cork, Brady (Arfield 31), Hendrick, Wood (Vokes 74). Substitutes: Taylor, Westwood, Lindegaard, Long.

Referee: P Tierney. Attendance: 30,714.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 

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Leicester see off Spurs with world class finishing

Leicester City 2:1 Tottenham Hotspur

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A superb display from City, and two brilliant strikes from Vardy and Mahrez, earned a 2-1 victory against Spurs at the KPS on Tuesday night…

Claude Puel made two changes to his starting line-up, with Chilwell in for Fuchs – on paternity leave – and Okazaki replacing Gray.
It was high-tempo stuff right from the start. with City pressing forward early on before Tottenham settled. Schmeichel dithered over a back-pass but just managed to clear with Kane almost robbing him of the ball.
Vardy chased a through ball but Lloris raced out to sweep up and Ndidi then connected well with a shot, but the Spurs keeper was comfortably behind it.
Morgan went close with a header from a corner but it was cleared from near the goal-line, and Tottenham then threatened when Rose found room down the left, but his low cross into the six yard box was well blocked by Morgan.
City took the lead in spectacular fashion in the 13th minute. Albrighton’s looping cross from the left was chased by Vardy, who allowed it to drop over his shoulder before deftly flicking it over Lloris. Having suffered taunts from the Spurs fans about his wife’s appearance in the Australian jungle, he then went over to celebrate in the visitor’s corner.

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Tottenham came close to levelling in the 17th minute when Kane sent Sissoko in on goal, but Schmeichel blocked the shot with his legs and Iborra cleared as the loose ball looped towards the net.
As Spurs pressed forward again Kane twisted and turned in the area, making room for a shot, but his attempted curler into the top corner went high and wide.
Ndidi then attempted another shot from the edge of the area, but missed the left hand post by a few yards.
In the 32nd minute Kane set up Alli for a gilt-edged chance, but his shot from 16 yards lacked pace and Schmeichel saved.
At the other end, Morgan headed over from a Mahrez free kick and Rose blocked a low Vardy cross from the left.
With half-time approaching, City’s recent habit of conceding just before the break hung over the ground, but City did better than holding the lead, they doubled it.
Mahrez cut in from the right wing and accelerated towards the penalty area, before placing a beautiful shot into the top left hand corner.

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Tottenham dominated posession in the second half, but City looked dangerous on the break.
Kane swept a shot across goal that went well wide, before Okazaki got too much on a header from a fine Albrighton cross and sent it over the bar.
Spurs continued to create, and miss chances. Sanchez headed well wide under no pressure and then Eriksen then produced a woeful shot with the goal at his mercy inside the six yard box.
But a nervy end to the game was ensured when Spurs finally found the net in the 78th minute. Lamela threaded a ball through to Kane who lashed a right-footer into the top right hand corner from 8 yards.

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It was backs-to-the-wall stuff for City now and Claude Puel introduced the fresh legs of Choudhury for Okazaki.
Spurs turned up the pressure and Aurier delivered a superb cross from the right but Llorente blazed it over at the far post.
Hearts were in mouths late into added time when Rose went down in the area after an Ndidi challenge, but referee Anthony Taylor waved play-on, to huge relief.
Soon after that he blew for time and a huge roar celebrated a fine result.
It had been a fantastic team performance, but a special mention has to go to Iborra who made City tick with his Man of the Match display in midfield.

Claude Puel summed up the win that took City up to 9th place: “I would say it is the best performance so far. There are encouraging signs going forward. The goals were fantastic, but not just the goals. The quality with the ball was good as well. It was difficult against a good team to keep this result but I think the team worked hard for each other with solidarity and desire and it was a fantastic game for us.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez (Gray 77), Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton, Okazaki (Choudhury 83), Vardy (Slimani 88).
Substitutes: King, Hamer, Dragovic, Amartey.
Tottenham: Lloris, Dier, Sánchez, Vertonghen, Aurier, Sissoko (Son Heung-min 57), Dembélé (Llorente 69), Eriksen (Lamela 77), Rose, Kane, Alli.
Substitutes: Trippier, Vorm, Foyth, Davies.

Referee: A Taylor. Attendance: 31,950.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 

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Leicester held by Hammers as bright start fades

West Ham United 1:1 Leicester City

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City failed to build on a good start at the London Stadium on Friday night, allowing West Ham back into the game for a 1-1 draw…

Claude Puel named an unchanged side for this Friday night trip to East London, and after a opening spell that was bogged down in midfield, they took an eighth minute lead against David Moyes’ side.
Ndidi emerged from the midfield morass to feed Vardy in down the left and his low cross was missed by Ogbonna allowing Albrighton to slide in with an improvised finish from 12 yards.

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This did nothing to improve the mood of the home fans, nor did the fact that City had the lion’s share of the ball for much of the first half, though few chances were created by the new brand of possession football.
There was a good shout for a penalty in the 22nd minute when Albrighton was bounced out of a challenge by Masuaku as he bore down on goal, but Martin Atkinson waved his appeals away.
Vardy then had a decent chance smothered with a timely block from Arnautovic. The resulting corner was headed out as far as Fuchs who had time to line up a shot but sent it high and wide.
As half-time approached, West Ham got a foothold in the game and threatened with a series of set-pieces.
Schmeichel did well to beat away an Ogbonna header from a free-kick, and then punched a Lanzini free-kick clear of danger.
City threatened on the break a couple of times, but Mahrez delievered a tame shot straight into Hart’s grasp, and a shot from Vardy went a yard wide of the far post.
West Ham applied some pressure late in the half, and from a Lanzini corner Kouyate muscled his way through a crowd on the six yard line to head the ball home via Simpson’s shoulder.

Although City still had more possession early in the second half, their passing in the final third was poor and West Ham gradually grew in confidence.
Masuaka cut in from the left and fired in a shot which Schmeichel smothered.
It was a poor spectacle at this stage with the game settling into a stalemate and several lengthy stoppages for injuries.
Puel brought Chilwell on for Mahrez in the 70th minute, but City didn’t improve.
The closest either side came to scoring was an Ayew overhead kick following a scramble from a corner, but it cleared the crossbar.
Both sides had to settle for a point from a forgettable game.

Claude Puel summed up:  “Our first half performance gives us confidence for the future because we showed good quality with the ball, we moved it well and found good space but we couldn’t score a second goal, but the way we played was promising for the future, but after that it was frustration.”

West Ham: Hart, Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Kouyaté, Obiang, Arnautovic (Ayew 69), Lanzini, Masuaku (Sakho 90), Carroll.
Substitutes: Adrián, Noble, Fernandes, Quina, Rice.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Albrighton, Ndidi, Iborra, Gray (Slimani 90), Mahrez (Chilwell 70), Vardy.
Substitutes: Iheanacho, King, Hamer, Dragovic, Okazaki.
Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 56,897.

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For £17 you will get a 2017-18 subscription to The FOX.

The Summer Special and issues no 205 and 206 will be gift wrapped and sent in mid-December, and the recipient will then be posted the rest of the issues until the end of the season.

Also included will be a set of 21 cards celebrating City’s European Campaign of 2016-17.

And a Fanatical Frank Christmas Card.

To avoid a Christmas of tension and disappointment order one now.
You can pay online via Paypal HERE.

Or send a cheque for £17.00 to:

The FOX,
22 Cosby Road,
Littlethorpe,
LEICESTER
LE19 2HF

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